Category: Ask a Yogi

Ask a Yogi: What does ‘yoga’ mean?

When you hear the word “yoga” does your stomach shudder with discomfort? 
Do you imagine a dim room of candles with everyone dressed like hippies promoting the healing powers of crystals?
Does a chakra meditation sound a little too woo woo for you?

Yoga has been translated from the sanskrit root word yuj which means to contemplate. Yuj has also been translated to the English root word yoke, which means to join or unite.

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Ask a Yogi: Can I Lose Weight Doing Yoga?

With New Years approaching and new health goals on the horizon, I feel obliged to answer this question.

Short answer: Yoga’s not going to help you lose weight in isolation.

However… it may be a great tool to supplement a balanced diet and adequate exercise.

Regardless, we will see newcomers to the yoga studio this month hoping to shed pounds the “easy” way by taking yoga classes. 😉

I’ll tell you a little story of said student and offer ways yoga may be the perfect addition to your weight loss plan. Continue reading “Ask a Yogi: Can I Lose Weight Doing Yoga?”

Ask a Yogi: How can I improve my balance?

Balance poses are challenging because they require muscular stability and body awareness.

Balance poses require you to stay present and out of your headspace.

Whether your trying to stay centered in tree pose or walking down the street, your body is constantly adjusting to keep you stabilized. Continue reading “Ask a Yogi: How can I improve my balance?”

Ask a Yogi: What are the best poses for a quick stretch?

When yoga students ask me what they should do for a quick stretch, I’m often hesitant to give them a straight answer unless I know them well enough. Sometimes, I’ll tell them some of my go-to poses that target general weak spots for most people like anjaneyasana or gomukasana… Continue reading “Ask a Yogi: What are the best poses for a quick stretch?”